Trade Openness and Culture
AbstractThis paper empirically analyzes the effect of trade openness on culture, measured by indicators of trust, respect for others, perceived level of self-determination, and level of obedience. These cultural categories play a central role in encouraging or limiting economic and social interactions and therefore impact economic outcomes. We find that trade openness has a positive and highly significant impact on culture. The more open a country is to trade, the more likely it is to possess culture conducive to increased social and economic interactions. This result is robust to the inclusion of a variety of control variables, different model specifications, and alternative trade measures.
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culture; informal institutions; trade openness;
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- F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
- O10 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
- P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General
- Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
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- NEP-ALL-2009-12-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2009-12-19 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2009-12-19 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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